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Convocation Lecture Oct. 22: VI Alum Returns to Campus to Discuss Poetry

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Dominique Traverse Locke ‘06 graduated with an English degree before completing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Queens University in Charlotte. Locke served as the editor of The Moore Street Review during her time at VI. She is returning to VI to conduct a reading and discussion as part of the Convocation Series Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Nunn Recital Hall. Before the program, faculty, staff and students are welcome to join Locke for dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the Brantley Dining Room.

She has been publishing work in literary magazines such as The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Barely South Review, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, The Howl, The Clinch Mountain Review, The Dead Mule of Southern Literature, Jimson Weed, River Poets Journal, Referential Magazine, A! The Magazine for the Arts, Victorian Violet Press, and other fine publications regularly since 2006.

Locke’s first collection of poems, a chapbook entitled The Goodbye Child, was published by Aldrich Publishing in 2012. Later that year, her second collection of poems, No More Hard Times, was published by Alabaster Leaves Press. A third manuscript was recently solicited by Finishing Line Press. Two additional manuscripts were finalists in the Press 53 Open Awards, one of which won the poetry category. Locke has been a finalist in multiple poetry contests, and her poem “By Late July” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Editor Pauletta Hansel named Locke as one of the “Four Under Forty” emerging Appalachian poets.

VI students will receive convocation credit for attending Locke’s poetry discussion.  For questions about VI’s Convocation Series, call Will Hankins at 276-466-7170.

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